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22 May – 7 June 2015
Now over for 2015
Welcome to our coverage of Oxfringe 2015. This year’s programme is very strong in terms of comedy and theatre. With big comedy names and acclaimed theatre, there’s plenty to enjoy.
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Our Top Five Theatre Picks were
UK premiere of Ross Howard’s 2007 acclaimed dark comedy. 
Storytelling choice:The Kilted Tommy (Listen to our interview)
Our Top Five Comedy Picks were
Our Family-friendly must see shows were
Dance choice: Dolls’ House
Spoken word choice: The Good Delusion
I want to see… at Oxford Fringe included
This is our quirky show-choosing tool. We hope you find a show from the many on offer…
I want to see…
… a dark comedy. Then see Arthur and Estner
… a play by an award winning playwright . Then see Dark MIrror
… a high quality comedy debut show. Then see Harriet Kemsley: Puppy Fat
… some brand new comedy material. Then see Gary Delaney: Work In Progress
…some solo theatre. Then see bloominauschwitz
… a play at lunch time. Then see Connie’s Colander
… a top-billing comedian. Then see Mike Wozniak: One Man Dad Cat Band
… something about Brixton Then see Amadeus Martin: God Created Brixton
… some Flamenco. Then see Flamenco Express
… something about war. Then see The Kilted Tommy
… some sketch comedy. Tnen see Mullins & Gladwin: Comedy A La Carte
… some good youth theatre. Then see Lee Raven Boy Thief
… a play that was well reviewed at Brighton Fringe. Then see Troublesome People by Jill Haas
… some multimedia comedy. Then see Stranded!
…a live board game. Then see Rhinoceros
Tina Sederholm on  The Good Delusion
What’s the theme of the show?
Tina Sederholm presents The Good Delusion,a tragi-comic spoken word show that dives deeply into the paradoxical and complex nature of goodness.
Tina has made a religion out of being good. She takes herself to church, tries to become a princess and later an international athlete. She even trains to be the ideal girlfriend. But despite her efforts to be the best at everything, the imp living inside her lies, steals and cheats, consigning Tina’s grand plans to purgatory’s paper shredder. Join Tina as she finds out how to survive when being good… turns bad.
Tina Sederholm is a performance poet and writer. A multiple slam winner, including Oxford Hammer and Tongue Slam Champion 2010 and 2014, she was also a member of the wining Oxford team at the National Slam Finals in 2013. A regular performer at the Edinburgh Free Fringe, she has received four and five star reviews for both her solo shows, Evie and the Perfect Cupcake (2013) and The Good Delusion (2014).
What’s unique about The Good Delusion?
Tina pokes holes in the accepted idea that we should all be striving to be the best we can. She combines poetry (the sort that even non-poetry lovers can enjoy), personal experience and storytelling as well as audience participation to get people questioning their assumptions. Already a five star reviewed show, she has been working actor/director Rachel Mae Brady to bring more theatricality to the piece.
Describe one of your rehearsals
Quite a bit of swearing, the dog snoring and occasionally sighing enigmatically as he listens to the same lines over and over again. Also multiple attempts at taking off one pair of shoes and replacing it with another both efficiently, sexily and while remembering the right lines. Cantering around on make-believe horses and using hideous amounts of butcher paper and red sharpies.
How did the show come into being?
I’ve been a regular performer all over Oxfordshire for several years,and at the Old Fire Station in particular, as part of the Hammer and Tongue monthly slams – both hosting them and winning the title. I took this show to Edinburgh Free Fringe last year, and Oxfringe sees the premiere of the new version which I will return to Edinburgh with in 2015
What’s your favourite show, and why?
It’s not theatre in the conventional sense but I absolutely love Gifford’s Circus. Normally I hate circuses but the pure inventiveness and outstanding clowning and breathtaking acrobats makes this something I go back and see every year.
Visit their web site: www.tinasederholm.com
Show details: Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford, 22-23 May, 7.30 -.8.30pm
Oxford Fringe Newswire
All the headlines from Oxford Fringe…
1st May 2015: Fringe lineup (Skiddle)
1st May 2015: Arts at the Old Fire Station (Old Fire Station) and staff picks
15 April 2015: Line up announced (Four Shires)
22nd March 2015: Oxford Fringe is back! (Wendover News)
11 April 2013: Acts step in to save Oxfringe festival (Oxford Mail)
5th April 2013: Introducing Oxford Fringe (Underthefringe)
More to come.
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